I finally figured out how I could lose 75 pounds and it not lower my blood pressure.
Everyone knows that being overweight increases your risk of developing high blood pressure. Your blood pressure rises as your body weight increases. I resemble that description because my blood pressure went up as my weight went up.
Since that time, I’ve read that losing even 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure – and losing weight has the biggest effect on those who are overweight and already have hypertension. However, as my weight went down, my blood pressure did not.
It was pretty high 185/76.
My doctor was prescribing medication but I was trying everything to lower my blood pressure naturally. I changed my food intake to include foods that naturally lower blood pressure. I incorporated pretty much everything I could. My attempts really weren’t working. I had already eliminated high-sodium foods.
I was at a loss on what to do next. I was close to resigning myself to taking blood-pressure medication for the rest of my life. Then, one day, I decided to re-examine everything I was eating. The reason had to be somewhere. Lo and behold, the spice that I put on my omelet every morning has sodium as the first ingredient.
I was more than shocked. I was devastated. I had been using that seasoning for the last three or four years and it never once occurred to me it is mostly sodium.
That morning I didn’t use it. My omelet tasted so plain. Yet, when I checked my blood pressure, it was 136/62. I was shocked. Just that little bit of seasoning in the morning on my eggs was jacking my blood pressure up quite a bit.
I love that seasoning or maybe I should say I loved that seasoning. I haven’t had it since that morning. My blood pressure is still a lot lower than it has been in years. Some days my systolic pressure is in the 120s. I’m still amazed that it dropped so much.
Live and learn.
On the lighter side, I was in the store the other day and found boxes of Cracker Jacks. It brought back memories from when I was younger. Those little boxes weren’t expensive and if I remember right, the caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts was downright delicious. I couldn’t help myself. I purchased a couple of three packs to share at work.
Cracker Jacks taste just as I remember them. Apparently, according to the box, it’s "the snack America has loved for over 120 years." The recipe probably hasn’t changed in that time.
I also remember the prize wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It was always stickers and tattoos. This box said “New Prize Inside.” It was some app you could download onto your cell. Really?
While the box reminded me of my childhood, the prize convinced me that my childhood is over and children today have way too much technology.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.